My thoughts

Reality TV
September 24, 2007, 12:28 am
Filed under: Intermediate

Reality Television is quite popular in the U.S. these days. Do you know Reality TV? It’s when people are put into real-life situation on TV. One of the first shows was the “REAL WORLD“, which was a show on MTV. The show producers selected the shows stars, and had them living together. Many shows have followed this formula. Force some strangers to live together and the drama will unfold really quickly.

Reality TV really took off after the popularity of “Survivor“. I was living in Japan at this time, and when I returned I didn’t know many of the shows. Reality TV stars had hit celebrity status and their faces were plastered all over the media. I had no idea about who they are. Who is Paris Hilton and why is she famous?? In case you don’t know Paris Hilton, she is a hotel heiress and starred in “theSimple Life” with Nicole Richie (daughter of singer Lionel Richie). The premise of the show was what happens when Hilton and Richie are taken out of Beverly Hills and forced to interact with everyday people. After this, Hilton became quite famous, and started modeling. No one knows exactly WHY she is famous, but there seems to be a strange fascination with her. Over the summer, she became quite infamous, after she was arrested for driving on a suspended driver’s license, and had to spend some time in jail for the offense.

I am not much into Reality TV myself, but there were a few shows I watched over the summer. The first show was “The Age of Love,” where a single, 30 year old, Australian tennis player had to choose between four American women in their 40’s and four women in their 20’s. Each week, women were eliminated until the final show when he took the last two to Australia and made his decision.

The show I have been watching now is “Gay, Straight or Taken” one women has three guys to choose from, and she finds out that one is gay, one is straight and taken, and one is straight and available. She has one day to figure out who is who. Whoever she chooses gets to go on a vacation. So the guys want her to pick them, and if she picks the wrong one, she gets nothing.

What do you think of Reality TV?


Free and Cheap Stuff!
September 9, 2007, 8:11 pm
Filed under: Beginner

This time of year, there are many people moving. You can easily get free or almost free things for your home, such as furniture. In some countries, people do not like having used things, but here in the U.S., it is popular. One person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

In my neighborhood, you can find many pieces of furniture sitting outside. People leave sofas, chairs, dressers, etc. when they are moving out, knowing that someone will take them. Over the weekend, I got a free reclining chair and bar stools.

Recently it has become popular to post free things or things that you want to sell on craigslist. When I moved into my apartment, I got almost everything that I needed for my apartment from craigslist. The only problem with craigslist is that you have to take it away yourself, so you need a big car or truck. It is great if you need to get rid of stuff, you just post an ad, and people will come and take everything away.

If you can’t find it on craigslist, you can also go to thrift stores or second hand shops. I went to Goodwill and got dishes, an office chair, a vacuum cleaner, and things to decorate my apartment. I spent $40.00 and got a lot of stuff. many of the things looked almost new, and if I bought them brand new, I would have spent much more money. Also most thrift stores and second hand shops give their profits to a charity. Goodwill has programs that teach adults job skills and basic education (such as English, how to pass the American Citizenship Test, how to get a high school diploma, etc.)

Garage sales are popular too. These are where people sell the stuff they don’t want in their garage, on their driveway, or in their yard. You can check out the newspaper for ads, but most people just drive around in the morning looking for them. For some people, it is a hobby, they do it every weekend. The prices are cheap, and if you are the seller, you can make some money.

Some people also like to buy used clothes, they get them from thrift stores. You can also get used clothing from consignment shops, which have nicer clothing. If you have some clothes that you do not want anymore but are in good condition, you can take them to a consignment shop, and they will give you a percentage (%) of the price that they sell it for.